Grace Cavalieri is the author of 23 books and chapbooks of poetry and 26 produced plays. A co-founder of WPFW-FM, a groundbreaking public radio station. Grace began her legendary interview show, “The Poet and the Poem,” at that station 40 years ago. Cavalieri’s many awards include The George Garrett Award for Service to Literature from the national Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP); a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Independent Review of Books; two Allen Ginsburg awards for poetry; the Paterson Poetry Prize; the inaugural Folger Shakespeare Library’s Columbia Book Award for Service to Literature; and a Silver Medal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her papers are housed in the Gelman Library at George Washington University.
She has had 26 plays produced on American stages. Her 21st play “Quilting the Sun” was presented at the Smithsonian Institution, and received its world premiere at Centre Stage, S.C. Her latest play is “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory” (2011.) Grace teaches poetry workshops throughout the country at numerous colleges. She produced and hosted “The Poet and the Poem,” weekly, on WPFW-FM (1977-1997) presenting 2,000 poets to the nation. She now presents this series to public radio from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite and Pacifica Radio celebrating 42 years on air in 2019.
Grace received the 2013 George Garrett Award, the Pen-Fiction Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal, and awards from the National Commission on Working Women, the WV Commission on Women, the American Association of University Women, The DC Poet Laureate Award from Dolores Kendrick, the Paterson lifetime Achievement Award, and more. She received the inaugural Columbia Merit Award for “significant contributions to poetry.”
Grace’s career in broadcasting began as founding core staff of WPFW-FM, moving to Associate Director Education/ Children’s programming PBS, in charge of the daytime schedule; then, Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities & Head of Children’s Media funding. She founded two poetry presses in Washington DC that are still thriving. She is presently poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Her Papers are in the George Washington University Gelman Library Special Collections.
Her teaching career began with establishing writing programs at Antioch College’s east coast campuses, to Asst. Director St. Mary College of Maryland’s Annual Poetry Festival and Workshops (1977-2005,) among others. She writes full-time in Annapolis, Maryland where she had lived with her late husband, sculptor Kenneth Flynn (1930-2013.) They have four grown daughters.